Once this country symbolized the possibility that Muslim culture, secularism and Western democracy could blend harmoniously, but not anymore, says Elif Shafak.
Brexit and Trump victories have energized Europe’s ultra-nationalist parties.
"We cannot leave patriotism to the nationalists. ... And we cannot leave emotions to populist demagogues," says Elif Shafak.
"We are heading into a Kafkaesque world."
"We have become a society of anger, paranoia [and] intimidation. And artists, writers, academics -- people who have been trying to build bridges so as to promote coexistence and peace -- know that they have lost big time."
"What we are experiencing now is a completely new stage in Turkey’s political and social history."
La Grenouille experienced a British invasion yesterday for a lunch celebrating the film Far From the Madding Crowd, based on Thomas Hardy's beloved 19th century novel.
Ahmed takes us on a whirlwind tour of the comedy club circuit from Dubai to Beirut to Riyadh to Cairo. The movie is funny, enlightening, and I'll bet quite surprising to a Western audience.